The Shins
Posted 9/27/08 , edited 9/28/08
Im a total fan of them i love there song like Phantom Limb,Sleeping Lesson,Girl in The Wing and much much more.
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The Shins is a United States indie rock group comprising singer, songwriter and guitarist James Russell Mercer, keyboardist/guitarist/bassist Martin Crandall, bassist/guitarist Dave Hernandez, drummer Jesse Sandoval, and Eric Johnson of the Fruit Bats. Their sound draws on several musical genres, including pop, alternative rock, alternative country, and folk. Since forming in Albuquerque, New Mexico, The Shins are now based in Portland, Oregon.


From Flake Music to The Shins (1992–2000)
The Shins began in 1997 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as a side project of Mercer (previously of Blue Roof Dinner) and Neal Langford, both members of the lo-fi musical group Flake (formed in 1992). By 1999, Flake (now Flake Music) had disbanded and its former members became The Shins. (The name was based on a fictional family in the Broadway show The Music Man, a favorite of Mercer's father.) The band released two 7" singles on Omnibus — "Nature Bears A Vacuum" (1998) and "When I Goosestep" (2000) — and embarked on a tour with Modest Mouse[1]. During the tour, they were met in San Francisco by a Sub Pop representative, who eventually offered to release their debut album.


[edit] Signed to Sub Pop (2001–2008)
The Shins' first album was 2001's Oh, Inverted World, released to critical acclaim for its lyrically deft and jangly pop sound. Songs from this album featured prominently in the film Garden State, exposing the music of The Shins to a much wider audience. Their music was also featured in several episodes of the television series Gilmore Girls.[citation needed] Dave Hernandez, former member of Scared of Chaka, joined the group following the departure of bassist Neal Langford. In 2002, the band relocated to Portland, Oregon. Chutes Too Narrow followed in 2003 to much fanfare in indie music circles, featuring even more multi-layered lyrics, as well as a musical approach that explored new genres, song structures, and levels of production fidelity. During live shows, the band members (particularly Crandall and Hernandez) are known to frequently swap instruments.[citation needed] Oh, Inverted World appeared at #71 on Pitchfork Media's Top 100 Albums of 2000-2004[2] and Chutes Too Narrow appeared at #47. In 2006, the band helped to curate an edition of the British All Tomorrow's Parties festival.

In a Pitchfork Media interview, Mercer announced that Eric Johnson of fellow Sub Pop band Fruit Bats had joined the Shins.[3]

The band's third album, Wincing the Night Away, was released on January 23, 2007. It debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart with 118,000 copies sold in its first week, the highest sales week and chart position an album released solely on Sub Pop has ever achieved. The album was leaked to the Internet on October 20, 2006. It was available for pre-order with an extra track on iTunes.[citation needed]

The Shins recorded a version of "Little Boxes" for the Showtime series Weeds.[citation needed]

On November 27, 2007, the group was featured on a Darfur charity album released by Waxploitation. The album was available on iTunes for only 90 days. 100% of the profits went towards alleviating the crisis in Darfur.[citation needed]

Wincing the Night Away was nominated for a 2008 Grammy award in the category of Best Alternative Music Album.[4]

The Shins collaborated together to create a t-shirt design for the Yellow Bird Project to raise money for the Nature Conservancy.[citation needed]

Martin Crandall and his ex-girlfriend, former America's Next Top Model finalist Elyse Sewell, were arrested in January 2008 after an altercation in a Sacramento hotel room.[5] Domestic assault charges were filed against both of them, but all charges were eventually dismissed.[6]

A poster of The Shins was seen in the background in the beginning of the 2008 movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall.[citation needed]

On June 20, 2008, the band announced that they were leaving Sup Pop Records for James Mercer's own label, Aural Apothecary
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Posted 9/27/08
sorry never heard of them
what music genre are they?
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Posted 9/28/08
more info please~
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Posted 6/28/10
I fucking love these guys. =D I'm actually listening to sea legs right now. =P
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Posted 6/28/10
My friends like them. I'm indifferent.
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Posted 6/29/10
I love any genre of music! and Indie has to be my favorite! I definitely love the shins, and I love their song Australia!! AMAZING! I also like phantom limb and anything else they made hahaha

Musically, to me, they sound like The Smiths, no?

Phantom Limb
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkITsv3Nk6M

Australia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHTSxw6zN1E
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bluelight007 wrote:

I love any genre of music! and Indie has to be my favorite! I definitely love the shins, and I love their song Australia!! AMAZING! I also like phantom limb and anything else they made hahaha

Musically, to me, they sound like The Smiths, no?

Phantom Limb
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkITsv3Nk6M

Australia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHTSxw6zN1E


I'v mistaken the The Shins for The Smiths before =P, but vocals are completely different.
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Posted 7/7/10 , edited 7/7/10

sumit714 wrote:



I'v mistaken the The Shins for The Smiths before =P, but vocals are completely different.


Yeah, their voices are totally different! I prefer Morrissey's voice though. Its so much more warm and different! The Smiths were amazing!
Posted 7/8/10
I like a few of their songs because i always heard them in a certain time of my life...
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